GOD'S WARNING TO THE BACKSLIDER IN HEART
Jesse M. Hendley
In Proverbs 14:14 we read, "The backslider in heart
shall be filled with his own ways." All through the
Word of God we have warnings about backsliding.
Backsliding in heart will issue in backsliding in
actual deed. Backsliding is a definite fall, a fall
from God. It is a dangerous thing. I'll tell you right
now, I don't want to drift from God. I don't want to
loose communion with God. I don't want to sever con-
nection and fellowship with God. Yet God's Book is
filled with warnings about men who at one time walked
with God but let sin come in between them and God.
They let sin break up their fellowship with the Lord.
Now God wants us to have communion with Him. God's
warnings to us about backsliding are very serious, and
we shall see today how far Noah slipped from the Lord.
Days of Noah
It is important that we study Noah, because we are
seeing things take place today that took place in
Noah's day. In Matthew 24:37, Jesus says, "As the days
of Noah were, so also shall the coming of the Son of
Man be. In the days before the Flood, they were eating
and drinking and marrying and giving in marriage,
until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and KNEW
NOT (they were not expecting the judgment of God)
until the Flood came and took them all away. (Notice
that expression, "took them all away".) So also shall
the coming of the Son of Man be." Instead of a
converted world, instead of a world that is righteous,
instead of a world that is Gospelized, our Lord says,
the world will be as decadent, diseased, corrupt, and
filthy, as in the days of Noah! We are going to study
those days now. We will see that Noah went down in a
period of backsliding from God, even though he was not
judged with the judgment of the unbeliever.
In the 17th chapter of Luke, we read Jesus saying
another time, "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall
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